GRCC In the News, 9-16-19

Community college, casino partnering on Blackjack Dealer Academy

Sept. 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Gun Lake Casino are partnering this fall to offer a Blackjack Dealer Academy to provide in-demand jobs.

Culinary professor receiving medal from France

Sept. 13, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chef and culinary professor is being given a French award for “decades of outstanding service.”

Gilles Renusson, a professor with the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, will receive the Chevalier du Merite Agricole, bestowed by the French minister of agriculture on citizens for outstanding services to agriculture.

Hilary Berens Keeps Art Going

Sept. 14, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Chances are, if you have recently visited a coffee shop, restaurant or local business in the Grand Rapids area, you have already become acquainted with the artwork of Hilary Berens. In the last year and a half alone, she has exhibited her paintings in more than 30 different locations and is often asked back for repeat shows. We sat down at MomHive — a newly opened co-working space for moms — to discuss her journey of re-discovering art to cope with life’s ups and downs and how it has become more than just a career.

Berens got her start in college where she earned an associate’s degree in art from Grand Rapids Community College. She described herself as “the person in class who would have really intricate pieces that I would never finish,” which is quite a departure from the artist she is now. It took a return to school for her bachelor’s degree in social work, a complete career change and starting a family to get there. She spent the first nine months after earning her degree as a foster care caseworker before finding her place at Hope Network for the following six years.

An industry with a view

Sept. 13, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Downtown Grand Rapids pedestrians soon will be given a window into advanced machining and robotics projects at a $3 million lab that opened last year.

… The AMP Lab — which occupies the first two floors of the five-story downtown Grand Rapids regional location of WMU, at 200 Ionia Ave. SW — is a collaboration of education partners WMU and Grand Rapids Community College and several area manufacturers, including Autocam Medical and donors Amway, Cascade Engineering, Flexco, Haworth, Herman Miller, Paragon Die and Engineering, and Rockwell Automation.

ACC runners have solid day at MSU

Sept. 16, 2019; The Alpena News

Despite running in less than ideal racing conditions, the Alpena Community College cross country team put together another solid performance Friday at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational.

… The Lumberjacks next travel to Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Friday.

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